“Speech that is intentionally deeply offensive to a racial, ethnic, religious, or other group seeking to condemn or dehumanize members of such a group.”I’m not a professional journalist, and I haven’t attended j-school. I’m a blogger. I blog. Sometimes the two worlds of online publishing and print media collide in such a way that it leaves me completely dumbfounded. More specifically, there are times when San Antonio Express-News crime beat reporter Eva Ruth Moravec microblogs via Twitter (which all reporters at the E-N are by policy encouraged to do), I’m baffled. Hearst [dot] com: The Express-News is ranked No. 1 in Sunday readership among major U.S. newspapers. San Antonio is the largest major U.S. city with a Hispanic majority. According to the San Antonio Express-News' ethics and practices policy published online, journalists are to:
Avoid stereotyping of any group – by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, social status or geography.I'm not suggesting Eva Ruth Moravec is racist. I don’t know her well enough to say one way or another. But her commentary sometimes seems both racist and insensitive. Certainly the crime beat is demanding and it can lead to a certain level of desensitization to human suffering, but these posts show an apparent lack of proper concern for the community she lives in: San Antonio. When I confronted her online about the first post, she responded:
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